Makita Bare-Tool BSS611Z 18-Volt LXT Lithium-Ion Cordless 6-1/2-Inch Circular Saw Review

Makita Bare-Tool BSS611Z 18-Volt LXT Lithium-Ion Cordless 6-1/2-Inch Circular Saw Review, 5.0 out of 5 based on 3 ratings
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Makita Bare-Tool BSS611Z Lithium-Ion Cordless 6-1/2-Inch Circular Saw Review

(73 reviews) The Makita Bare-Tool BSS611Z Lithium-Ion Cordless 6-1/2-Inch Circular Saw features a high torque motor capable of cutting at a 45 degree angle and with its 6.9 pound weight, (complete with battery), is easy to operate and won’t tire you out too quickly. It has externally replaceable brushes, 2-1/4 inch cutting capacity and 3,700rpm cutting speed for super quick cutting and powerful operation.

With over 73 real customer reviews on Amazon giving it a solid 4.5 star rating we thought this Makita Circular Saw was definitely worth reviewing for our readers. A point worth noting is that at the time of reviewing this product 54 of the 73 reviews were 5 star ratings!


Before we get in to the review, let’s make it clear that the price you see on Amazon does not include the battery; this is for the tool only so please be sure to factor that in.

The overall impressions from the reviews on Amazon for this Makita Cordless 6-1/2-Inch Circular Saw were very favourable.


Features at a glance

  • Speed around 3,700rpm for excellent cutting ability
  • 0 to 50 degrees adjustable bevel cutting
  • Lithium Ion battery for super-fast 30 minute charging
  • All up weight including battery of 6.9 pounds so you won’t tire so quickly
  • 2-1/4 inch cutting depth when cutting at 90 degrees
  • Ergonomic grip and compact design – 13-5/8 inches long
  • 3 year warranty covering materials and workmanship


All in all a pretty good spec!

So, what did actual users have to say about this product…

The Negative Reviews

First things first, what are the negatives according to the people who have been kind enough to review this Makita Cordless Circular saw?

First and foremost, as we have already pointed out, this saw does not come complete with a battery. A number of purchasers commented upon this. You will have to order that separately at the time of purchase – just look at the ‘frequently bought together’ section on the sales page where it is listed for your convenience.

One user commented that it didn’t have the power of a corded saw but was still perfectly happy with his purchase.

Another user commented that the fence was bent upon arrival – this was really a simple case of return for replacement.

Someone noted that the saw did not come with and LED light to guide the cut so that may be of importance to you. Also this saw does not incorporate a brake but the next model up that does (BSS610Z) costs around double the price.

In summary, most of the lower rating reviews were due to the battery not being supplied with the tool – always read carefully to see what you are getting!

Overall the reviews were very positive and if you ignore the comments about the battery not being included this is an extremely impressive saw.

The Positive Reviews

The vast majority of opinion for the Makita BSS611Z Lithium Ion 6-1/2-Inch Cordless Circular Saw seems to be that this is that this saw is a very capable piece of kit indeed.

People commented on the quietness of the motor and the precision of the cut with the Makita.

It was thought to be light and easy to handle with the battery more than capable of running long and hard and obviously it is much easier and safer not having a cord to worry about.

It was thought to be ergonomically well balanced with all of the controls and adjustment easy to use and well laid out.

Another user reckoned it was capable of cutting 30 to 60 two by fours easily with only a lower powered 1.5AH battery and the quick charger together with a couple of 1.5AH batteries seems to be more than enough if you don’t wish to splash out on the more expensive 3.0AH type.

A couple of  users did make comment that the 1.5AH type of battery required a small protrusion on the saw casing to be removed with a file to allow use of the 1.5AH battery. We at cannot confirm or condone this but it is maybe something to check out.

A number of people commented on the ability to perform more than 50 cuts from one charge.

The trigger and safety switch seem to be easy to use and another nice feature is the excellent depth gauge on the blade guard which makes it simple to set up the depth of blade cutting

Summing up we would say that people were very happy with the usability of this offering from Makita and considered it to be a very good deal for the price.


The Conclusion

Would we recommend the Makita Bare-Tool BSS611Z 18-Volt LXT Lithium-Ion Cordless 6-1/2-Inch Circular Saw?

Yes we would certainly recommend this product and if you look at the reviews you will see a number of professionals have given it a very good review which really speaks for itself don’t you think!

Negative comments seemed to be contained mostly to people not realising that the product did not come complete with the battery so this was considered a minor point as the all up pricing is still exceptionally good

Overall, this is a very nice product and one that we would wholeheartedly recommend to be a great purchase at a good price with impressive features.


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Updated: April 9, 2013 — 9:31 am

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